Simone Biles is an American hero. 


The four-time Olympic gold medalist has more sheer athleticism and patriotic pizzazz ​in either big toe than any of us mortals could ever conceive of ourselves.


​She's also a human being who's faced the pressure of the global sports spotlight since she was a child. And today, she took to Twitter to reveal a stunningly personal experience that should force all of us to stop and reflect.

Larry Nassar is going to burn, either in this life or the next. The former team doctor for USA Gymnastics will be serving the rest of his days in prison for exploiting his position in order to sexually abuse a probably countless number of minors. And we now know that Biles was among them.


It takes a ton of courage to perform on your sport's biggest stage. It takes a different kind altogether to go public with such a painful, personal tale as this. For Biles, who joins USA gymnasts Jeanette Antolin, Jamie Dantzscher, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman among those who have accused Nassar of such vile acts, this is surely but one of many steps along the road to an emotional recovery.


Her words cut sharply and deeply. Simply typing them is devastating:


"For too long I've asked myself, "Was I too naive? Was it my fault?" I now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar [USA Gymnastics], and others."

We've surely not heard the last of this from members of the American gymnastics community, as Nassar's sub-human cruelty clearly knows no bounds. 


But today, while we step back and attempt to take stock of what we've learned today, we can take heart in the fact that Biles is a strong woman with a long, long future of effecting change in our world still very much ahead of her.